If you're a musical-loving cat person with a taste for all things weird and wonderful, chances are you're more than familiar with the Cats soundtrack. With lyrics based on a book of poetry by T.S. Elliot, it's no surprise songs from the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical are particularly elegiac and may even teach you a few new vocabulary words. While the question of who will end up in the Heaviside Layer hangs over the Jellicle Ball, Cats is less plot and more anthology - each individual cat telling the audience their backstory. While everyone knows "Memory" - famously recorded by Barbra Streisand - some of the best songs in Cats tell humorous anecdotes about railway cats, curious cats, and chubby cats. Here, you'll find all the Cats songs ranked by singability.
Cats begins with the jovial "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats," in which Jellicle cats are described as everything from "practical" to "rabbinical." “The Naming of Cats” then lets people know how names are assigned in this particular feline world. Songs like “The Rum Tum Tugger, “Grizabella: The Glamour Cat,” and “Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer” give individual characters backstories.
Pretend you're compiling a Cats playlist for a Broadway singalong. What are the best songs in Cats to include? Cast your vote below to help decide!
Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats
The Rum Tum Tugger
Macavity: The Mystery Cat
Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer
The Jellicle Ball
The Old Gumbie Cat
Grizabella: The Glamour Cat
The Journey to the Heaviside Layer
Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town
Gus: The Theatre Cat
The Song of the Jellicles
Grizabella: The Glamour Cat (Reprise)
The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball
Finale: The Ad-Dressing of Cats
The Naming of Cats
Gus: The Theatre Cat (Reprise)
The Moments of Happiness
The Awefull Battle of The Pekes and the Pollicles
Growltiger's Last Stand